Well, yes and, sorta, no

When the 78-year-old widow of a Swiss baron

The Swiss don’t have titles of nobility. Well, other than “Managing Director of private bank” at least.

The Wiki page is fun:

Hans Henrik Ágost Gábor, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (13 April 1921 – 27 April 2002), an industrialist and art collector, was a Dutch-born Swiss citizen with a Hungarian title and heir to a German fortune, a legal resident of Monaco for tax purposes, with a declared second residency in the United Kingdom, but in actuality a long-time resident of Spain, and son of a German father and a Hungarian and English American mother (related to Daniel M. Frost and John Kerry).[1] His fifth and last wife, Carmen “Tita” Cervera, is a former Miss Spain titleholder.

A European then……

11 thoughts on “Well, yes and, sorta, no”

  1. Typo here surely? “Carmen “Tita” Cervera, is a former Miss Spain” – easy to do – ‘a’ and ‘s’ are next to each other on the keyboard.

  2. In other words: A very successful 2nd generation industrialist/entrepeneur who used his inheritance instead of faffing it away.

  3. Typo here surely? “Carmen “Tita” Cervera, is a former Miss Spain” – easy to do – ‘a’ and ‘s’ are next to each other on the keyboard.

    And if Cervera is also a typo, it could be the inspiration for the Frank Zappa song “Titties ‘n’ Beer”

  4. I only know the name because the family’s art collection is now housed in a rather nice museum in Madrid. There was previously a competition between Madrid and London to host the collection, if London had won the plan was to put it in Canary Wharf….

  5. @Noel C
    I wonder if that’s anything to do with the museum we have in Malaga. What’s in there, I couldn’t tell you. Like the regrettably departed Mr Zappa, my interests are more centred around titties & beer.

  6. Why is it that nobody remembers the name of Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitzweimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

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